AFT ACADEMICS

ACADEMIC WORKERS BUILDING POWER AND WINNING CHANGE

PROUD MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS

WHO WE ARE

We are the contingent and full-time faculty, graduate workers, staff, post-doctoral researchers, undergraduate workers, and academic librarians who are the backbone of higher education in the US. At a time when corporate interests are overtaking the educational mission of the academy, we are uniting across classifications, campuses, and states to fight back.

By coming together as workers we can take on the administrative bloat, financialization, and casualization of the academy, and end the poverty wages and deteriorating working conditions that come with it.

Join us as we build the power to set industry standards that support academic workers so we can do what we love without struggling to live.

Take Action

Help us tell the story of this historic moment in higher-ed!

Share one experience or issue that you think people should be aware of, or that captures this moment at your college or university. These stories will be published (with their author’s permission) to raise awareness, help your colleagues feel less isolated, and begin to create a coherent narrative about the ongoing crises in higher-ed.

Wildfire Disaster Relief Fund

Entire towns have been burned to the ground, people are fleeing, the sky is full of smoke, and all of this is happening during a health pandemic, where it’s dangerous to seek refuge with other people. These are the worst fires in generations, maybe ever. 

Our national union, the AFT, is opening up its Disaster Relief Fund to help the school bus drivers, teachers, cafeteria workers, college faculty, graduate workers, campus staff, and nurses who are directly impacted by the fires. Help us help them!

BLACK LIVES MATTER

AFT ACADEMICS UPRISING SOLIDARITY STATEMENT

“We, the members of AFT academics, are horrified by the murder of George Floyd on May 25 and the pattern of racist police violence in the United States. We unequivocally support people protesting George Floyd’s murder and condemn the violence perpetrated by law enforcement around the country in response to these protests.”

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COVID-19 Resources for Academic Workers

ADJUNCT FACULTY SURVEY REPORT

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS & WORKERS FAQ

PRINCIPLES FOR HIGHER ED RESPONSE TO COVID-19

SUPPORTING STUDENTS DURING COVID-19

ONLINE TEACHING TOOLKIT

BECOME A UNION MEMBER

ORGANIZE AT YOUR UNIVERSITY

SUPPORT THE LABOR MOVEMENT

AFT Academics is  the higher education associate membership Local of the American Federation of Teachers – the largest higher education union in the United States.

AFTA Members:

  • Work with AFT union organizers to build power and win change.
  • Connect to a national network of union colleagues across the U.S.
  • Support the academic labor movement in the fight to preserve and expand the rights of academic workers, improve working conditions, and build a better, more just academy.

ORGANIZER TRAININGS

THE ORGANIZING CONVERSATION

HIGHER ED UNION ORGANIZING 101

STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR ISSUE CAMPAIGNS

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR UNION ORGANIZING

STRATEGIC RESEARCH FOR ORGANIZING

AFT Academics exists to support academic workers organizing where they are, regardless of labor rights in their state, to build power and win change. One way we do this is by providing online trainings to give you the tools you need to become a confident and effective organizer. Sign up to learn more about becoming a member and participating in this one of a kind training series!

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